Monday, October 3, 2011

Breakfast in Bed Tray

I stumbled upon a tray at a thrift store a few weeks ago, it was only $3 but it had monkeys all over it (not that there is anything wrong with monkeys-they just aren't my thing). I knew that it was a great find in need of a makeover. It has been sitting in my craft room closet since the day I brought it home. After I brought my mouse sander this weekend, I knew it was time to get to work on it!

Let's take a look at the before and after shot and then I will get to the details...

I started by sanding the tray. My hope was that the sander would help me get the monkey paper off.

Sadly, that stuff was stuck on so well I couldn't get it to budge. I decided to go ahead and paint over the monkey paper...

I used a taupe colored spray paint and gave the tray 3 good coats, letting the paint dry in between the coats....

Since the monkey paper was still on the tray, it was causing the top of the tray to look a little rough and I wasn't happy with how it looked. I started thinking about what I could use to cover that up completely and fabric came to mind.

More specifically, a dish towel that my mom bought for me. It is such a beautiful towel, she bought it for me thinking it would make a great pillow (and it would) but I decided it should be the top of my tray.

While the paint dried I measured the tray, cut the towel to size and hemmed up the new edges.

Once the tray was good and dry, I brought it inside and used an even layer of modge podge to attach the fabric to the tray's top. (NOTE: I tested modge podge on the scraps that I cut to make sure modge podge did not discolor my fabric, I would recommend doing this so you don't ruin your fabric.)

I used thumb tacks in the corners to pull the fabric so that it wouldn't bubble up as the modgepodge dried...

I put books on top of it too because I was paranoid about it bubbling up...

After giving the bottom coat time to dry, I spread a layer of ModgePodge on top of the fabric and let it dry.

After letting the top coat dry, I moved it into our guest bedroom. When we visited my best friend, Taylor, she had the cutest tray in the guest bedroom. I just loved that idea! Thanks to Tay's inspiration, our guests now have this sweet little tray awaiting them when they arrive!

I am really happy with the final product! This was such a quick and easy project. Next time I bump into some cheap trays, I am gonna snatch them up, these would make great gifts!


  1. Great makeover! So much better!!!

  2. SO pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  3. I just found and your blog and I am SO glad I did! I feel like I am going to be inspired to make something every time I read your new posts! What a great little makeover!! I have been finding so many new blogs today and literally of them have been NC girls like me!!

  4. Very cute tray and what a steal on it. Love the fabric too! It's so colorful. I'm your newest follower. Come follow me back at

  5. Love how it turned out! Much better :) Thanks so much for linking with us at Show & Share!